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IT Channel News Briefs, Jan. 26

Today's headlines: Taylor Macdonald goes Promethean; SAP nixes big Sapphire

Channel vet Macdonald surfaces at Promethean

Taylor Macdonald, the former VAR who was instrumental in developing the channel programs for Sage Software, is now vice president of channels, America, for Promethean. Promethean makes educational software to help teachers create digital lessons that combine text, audio, Web and video content, writes Channel Marker blogger Heather Clancy. Its Activclassroom products work with the Activboard classroom whiteboard. Most recently, Macdonald was vice president for worldwide channels at Deltek Inc.

SAP nixes European show

SAP will hold several, smaller events in lieu of one, large Sapphire event in Europe this year, the vendor said last week.

Customers indicated after Sapphire Berlin last year that they'd want more intimate events put on in their own countries and in their own languages, SAP spokesman Andy Kendzie told

Oracle brands, launches Tuxedo

Last week, Oracle brought to market the first Oracle-branded version of the Tuxedo transaction processor. Oracle Tuxedo 10g R3 facilitates re-hosting mainframe apps on distributed systems while maintaining high scalability and transaction rates, Oracle said. The release claims to be SOA-enabled via the use of an Oracle Service Architecture Leveraging Tuxedo (SALT), reports SALT provides a bi-directional Web-services gateway and a container based on the Service Component Architecture for app developers. Tuxedo came to Oracle by way of Oracle's buyout of BEA Systems last year. Both BEA and Oracle were on the original SCA partners committee.

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